Product Review: Smart Tiles

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When I was approached by Smart Tiles to review and try their products, I was very excited because updating kitchens and bathrooms can be quite intimidating. Even the simplest project like adding a tile backsplash can turn into a major undertaking that can be daunting for the novice DIYer. Smart … Continue reading

IKEA HACK: easy DIY pendant lamp with ALANG lamp shade

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My home office is very small and also happens to be in a rather dark corner of my apartment, so having proper lighting was very  important. I considered a desk lamp but given how small  my desk is, I decided to go with a pendant lamp instead.  Since I didn’t any more money … Continue reading

Nine DIY ideas to survive any small kitchen

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I’ve experienced my fair share of tiny kitchens, the smallest of which, by far, was the one in my NYC studio apartment which was only 6 ft x 10 ft. Necessity being the mother of all inventions, I came up with a few ways to make that kitchen more functional, and have since added … Continue reading

Giveaway – Wall Mounted Christmas Tree!

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When you don’t have a lot of space, finding somewhere to put a Christmas tree can be challenging. I’ve tried a lot of different alternatives to the traditional Christmas tree, and for the past couple of years, I’ve been using an IKEA wall hanging that has a Christmas tree painted … Continue reading

DIYZ App Review

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When I was approached to review this new DIYZ app, I was happy to give it a try because I love the idea of an easy to use app that brings together all the elements that you need to carry out a DIY project:  detailed how-to videos with step-by-step written instructions, a … Continue reading

Want to visit my apartment? Take a virtual tour!

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This post is a bit of a departure from what I usually post but I’m really excited to share with you a project I’ve been working on over the past few months. I had been intrigued with VR for a while so I jumped at the chance to collaborate with ImmersaCAD, a … Continue reading

10 ways to customize lighting in any space – no electrician needed!

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When moving into a new home, lighting is one of the key elements to making the space feel warm and inviting. Yet very often, the lighting that exists is less than ideal, something that is especially true of rental apartments. You name it, I’ve seen it, from not enough lighting, to light switches … Continue reading

Seven quick ways to organize a closet

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Every time I move into a new apartment, figuring out how to get the most out of the closet space is always a challenge. And custom closet storage solutions are not really something I want to invest in since I’m renting. So here are 7 of my favorite DIY tricks to … Continue reading

Bathroom vanity upgrade and Paint Giveaway

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I did a lot of upgrades to my bathroom as I showed you in this video tour but the one thing that I hadn’t touched so far is the vanity – the paint was looking very tired and chipped, plus the knobs were very dated and off center to boot!  So I was thrilled … Continue reading

DIY Wall Art with Shells – Bathroom Decorating ideas

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My bathroom is pretty plain with white tiles and white walls which makes it a nice neutral canvas to work with, except for this “vintage” heater that stands out like a sore thumb. With the beautiful year round weather in LA, I never use it and I wanted to find a quick … Continue reading

Who says rugs are just for floors? How to add color to a large wall without paint

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One of the last rooms of my LA apartment to get completed is my living room. It was a challenge to figure out how to place the furniture just right to make the most of the tiny footprint I had to work , a mere 10 ft x 7.5 ft. The winning … Continue reading

Easy DIY coat rack for the tiniest entryway

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My LA apartment has a tiny entryway – it so small that there’s barely enough room for the door to open all the way! Without a closet nearby, I had to get creative to find a way to hang coats and purses right by the front door but still leave room for … Continue reading

How to make an upholstered headboard

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There are many DIY headboard ideas out there and I had always wanted to make my own, especially an upholstered one. I already had an existing base for the bed so I needed to make a headboard that was separate from the base. After toying around with lots of ideas, … Continue reading

How to make an upholstered panel for a DIY headboard or banquette bench



When I built my banquette seating for my dining room, I made an upholstered tufted wall panel for the back. I really love this project because it could also be easily modified to make a tufted headboard by making the panel larger and adding legs and it’s really easy and inexpensive … Continue reading

DIY Bathroom lighting fixture makeover

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I really wish I could renovate my bathroom, but being a renter, doing a complete gut job and rebuilding from scratch wasn’t a possibility. The lighting, however, was definitely something that I could upgrade without changing out the existing lighting fixture. So I came up with a plan to change … Continue reading